Dr Deirdre Daly

Staff details

Position Lecturer in Academic Literacies
Email d.daly (@gold.ac.uk)
Dr Deirdre Daly

Deirdre Daly received her PhD in Philosophy with an emphasis on the translation of Indian philosophy into German and classical concepts from Goldsmiths College (2010), after being awarded a grant from the University of London. This followed the completion of an MA in Cultural Studies in Goldsmiths (2001), where her thesis focused on the social scientific interpretation of everyday life. She received a BA in European Studies with French and German from Trinity College (Dublin) in 1998 and graduated in her third year from the History Department in Diderot University of Paris – VII.

Deirdre is a highly experienced lecturer and tutor. Before coming to Goldsmiths, she taught English for Academic Purposes at the University of Lille – I and at the Ecole Supérieure d’Art de Tourcoing. She was a part-time Lecturer in History in Goldsmiths from 2006 until becoming Lecturer in History and in Arts/Humanities in the University of East London as well as with The Open University from 2010.

Deirdre has also lectured in Art and Politics for Central Saint Martins and developed academic and experimental courses on the History of Ideas at the Museum of London, the Bishopsgate Institute and The City Literary. She began working for CELAW in 2011 after designing a new course on World Cinemas, and works predominantly with Graduate Diploma students and lectures on the philosophies of modernity and postmodernity.


  • Graduate Diploma Programme
  • GIP Pre-sessiomal Programme
  • Pre-sessional Programme
  • World-Cinemas module
  • Contemporary Theories module 

Featured publications

  • 2007 ‘Nietzsche, Deussen and Non-Dualism’. Society for European Philosophy Conference, University of Sussex.
  • 2009 ‘Nietzsche, Bichat, Schopenhauer: nature’s forces of life and death’. Nietzshce on Mind and Nature Conference, University of Oxford.
  • 2009 'For Better or Worse, Richer or Poorer: Economics, Statistics and Governance in Dickens’ Hard Times’, Dickens Day, Birkbeck College.
  • 2010 “Is there a Political Sense to Pascal's Public 'Agony of Conversion'?”, InC Conference on Error, Goldsmiths College.

Research Interests

Deirdre is active in organising events in the InC: Research Group in Continental Philosophy and participates in the Research Seminar of the Centre for Philosophical and Critical Thought. Her research is situated in the areas of the History of Philosophy, Aesthetics,  Comparative Philosophy and Critical Theory, with a focus on the connection between western and non-western philosophical traditions, particularly, the Indian and Chinese traditions. She is currently researching the connections between writing, thought and rhetoric both in 20th century Critical Theory and in contemporary creative practices.